John Sharpe, consultant school improvement adviser, TES author and former head teacher
There is an honesty, a passion and an integrity that shines throughout this book, sprinkled with snippets of humour – and these combine to make for a fascinating and engaging read. It provides an in-depth insight into what makes Parklands such an exceptional school for children, staff, parents and governors; teamwork, the enrichment of experiences, and the securing and allocation of resources are notable features. A visit to this school totally validates the book’s key messages – the sharing in an atmosphere of engagement and challenge, of innovation and variety, of care and warmth – a school that serves, supports and challenges its community in equal measure, where love and safeguarding go hand in hand, where children are happy, flourish and excel.
This is the sort of school I wish I had attended as a child when growing up in what was euphemistically described as ‘an education priority area’. If only the Parklands’ priorities described in this book had been similarly identified and addressed then! Parklands is a school that every child deserves.
To every teacher, to every aspiring leader (whatever area you work in), read this book – and, if possible, visit the school. You will not be disappointed!